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Fuel to the fire? Fuel exports soar under Obama

December 8, 2014 - 3:50am
Solar panels glisten from every thatched hut on this crowded island, one of the largest in this remote chain off the Panamanian coast. But the tiny emblems of green energy offer no hope against climate change.

Answers in a shake with Microsoft's Torque (w/ Video)

December 7, 2014 - 5:30am
Microsoft Garage is what it sounds like, a techie haven where hackers, inventors and hackers who are potentially good inventors can pass around ideas and engage in team work so that ideas grow into real projects. Torque is one of those results. On Friday Microsoft said that it has a Torque app, powered by Bing, for Android.

Steve Jobs' video testimony transfixes courtroom

December 5, 2014 - 3:38pm
(AP)—Three years after his death, legendary Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs held a federal courtroom transfixed on Friday as attorneys played a video of his testimony in a class-action lawsuit that accuses Apple of inflating iPod prices by locking music lovers into using its players.

Review: Amazon Fire TV Stick doesn't match Chromecast, Apple TV or Roku

December 4, 2014 - 4:00pm
Amazon is determined to be a player in the market for digital media devices, gadgets that allow users to stream movies, television shows and music from the Internet to their televisions and living room entertainment centers.

Mice discriminate partial sounds just as humans do with partial words

December 4, 2014 - 2:20pm
Micheal L. Dent, a University at Buffalo psychologist, listens to what is inaudible to others. And what she's hearing might one day help us better understand human hearing loss.

Singing Science: How High and Low Can You Go?

December 4, 2014 - 12:15pm
A musical exploration from Science Buddies

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Sky booms rock homes on two continents: Are UFO's to blame?

December 3, 2014 - 6:58pm

Loud unexplained booms heard in the skies over Buffalo, N.Y. on Saturday night were initially attributed to a micro-earthquake, that is, until it was determined that the earthquake occurred nearly two hours after residents reported the hearing the series of booms. But, that's not all, according to a Dec. 3 report by Mysterious Universe a series of "window-rattling" booms were heard over portions of the UK at the same time.

Hear that? That’s the sound of the ocean dying

December 3, 2014 - 5:36pm

An eerie silence is falling over the world’s coral reefs. Usually quite noisy, reefs are emptying out and quieting down due to a long list of environmental stresses, including overfishing, damage from trawling, pollution, bleaching, heat stress, and ocean acidification. Not only is this silence ominous in a creepy-ghost-town-vibes kind of way — it can actually be another threat to the reef on its own.

Here’s how: Young fish and other invertebrates use the racket of a healthy reef to find their way to it. If reefs get quieter, it is harder for new generations of critters to move in. Scientists affirmed this with research published this week, comparing the soundscapes of healthy, protected reefs to those of impacted ones, reports Phys.org:

[T]he study … involved taking acoustic recordings of coral reefs with different levels of protection around islands in the Philippines. The research found that the noise produced by the few remaining resident fish and crustaceans on unprotected reefs was only one third of the sound produced at bustling, healthy reef communities. …

With less sound being produced at impacted reefs, the distance over which larvae can detect habitat is ten times less, impacting on the replenishment of future generations needed to build up and maintain healthy population levels.

And if you think coral reefs are only good for rad computer wallpaper and settings for heartwarming Pixar movies, think again: As much as a quarter of the fish we eat rely on protected and thriving reefs at some stage of their lives. I get hungry just thinking about it.

While the researchers didn’t release their recordings of the boomed-and-busted reefs, we have some exclusive footage just for you:

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California nuke plant key in quake safety review

December 3, 2014 - 4:16pm
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal regulators have been too slow and lax when it comes to ensuring the safety of California's last operating nuclear plant, according to Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer, who clashed repeatedly with members of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission during a Senate committee hearing Wednesday....

In emails, Jobs determined to keep iPod Apple-only (Update)

December 2, 2014 - 5:00pm
Legendary Apple CEO Steve Jobs had seven words for a subordinate when he learned that a rival company was about to introduce a program that would let music fans buy songs anywhere and play them on Apple's iPod devices.

Vitamin supplement successfully prevents noise-induced hearing loss

December 2, 2014 - 11:38am
A way to prevent noise-induced hearing loss has been found in a mouse using a simple chemical compound that is a precursor to vitamin B3. This discovery has important implications not only for preventing hearing loss, but also potentially for treating some aging-related conditions that are linked to the same protein.

Name that voice: Mathematica catches impersonations

December 2, 2014 - 4:00am
Benedict Cumberbatch was recently invited to show off his voice impersonations of celebrities, from Christopher Walken to Taylor Swift. That video evidently inspired Wolfram's Rita Crook, marketing products manager, to ask that, if his impersonation skills of well-known talents such as Michael Caine could fool a listening human ear into thinking it was Michael, could the actor also fool a computer—-namely, could he fool Mathematica's machine-learning capabilities?

Apple on trial: Decade-old iTunes suit will be heard in court

December 1, 2014 - 11:46pm

A suit against Apple, originally brought in 2005, will finally be heard in a California district court this week. Steve Jobs will appear in a video deposition in the trial, which will focus on Apple's early dominance in the online music marketplace.

Vitamin supplement successfully prevents noise-induced hearing loss

December 1, 2014 - 11:00pm
(Gladstone Institutes) Researchers from Weill Cornell Medical College and the Gladstone Institutes have found a way to prevent noise-induced hearing loss in a mouse using a simple chemical compound that is a precursor to vitamin B3. This discovery has important implications not only for preventing hearing loss, but also potentially for treating some aging-related conditions that are linked to the same protein.

Jurors to hear Steve Jobs testimony at Apple trial

December 1, 2014 - 11:40am
A billion-dollar class-action lawsuit over Apple's iPod music players heads to trial on Tuesday in a California federal court after nearly a decade in legal wrangling.

London calling: phone biometrics should be handled with care

December 1, 2014 - 3:10am
Current and future uses of biometric data and technologies have been under review in the UK, with the British Parliament hearing views from security experts. Biometric technology identifies individuals automatically by using biological characteristics; digital consumers have been told that biometrics will be an effective alternative path for security measures against password theft and forced access to sensitive information. Whether it's a student's bank account information or a mobile device loaded with confidential enterprise data, the toll of identity theft has sent researchers on campuses and in technology companies looking for safe authentication methods. How reliable is biometrics as applied to mobile devices? How well are vendors implementing this technology? In the UK, a Science and Technology Committee in August announced an inquiry into the use and collection of biometric data back in August. The inquiry focus was on "the potential use and collection of biometric data and whether regulations in this emerging field are adequate."

Magnitude 2.6 Earthquake Hits Near Clayton

November 30, 2014 - 7:05pm

CBS San Francisco Connect With Us At KPIX 5 PROGRAM GUIDE: KPIX 5 TV Schedule WATCH: A Glimpse Inside The Working KPIX 5 Newsroom Breaking News Send news tips, video & photos, and video to the KPIX 5 [] CONNECT WITH KCBS Welcome to KCBS All News 740AM & 106.9FM on CBSSanFrancisco.com! LIKE KCBS Radio On Facebook: KCBS is the Bay Area's only all news station, serving listeners with local, national and world news around the clock, [] CLAYTON - An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 2.6 struck near Clayton Sunday morning, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor reported at 8:40 a.m. was 4 miles east-southeast of Clayton and 7 miles south-southwest of Antioch, USGS officials said.

No croaking: New frog species groans, coughs

November 30, 2014 - 4:10am
Scientists have discovered a new frog species in southern New Jersey that makes some un-froglike sounds.

Weather patterns affect our lives

November 30, 2014 - 2:03am

Oh, weather! We gripe about it, we enjoy it if it's nice, we listen to the forecast, then we endure it if it's not just what we want. We laugh about the old saying that says, "if you don't like Ohio's weather today, just wait until tomorrow."

No croaking: New frog species groans, coughs

November 29, 2014 - 3:32pm
CHERRY HILL, N.J. (AP) -- Scientists have discovered a new frog species in southern New Jersey that makes some un-froglike sounds....